Donaldson Fellows

The Donaldson Fellows Program for Yale SOM Alumni recognizes graduates whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school's mission to educate leaders for business and society. Donaldson Fellows come from all sectors and across the globe, sharing a dedication to solving complex problems and pursuing positive change in the world.

The program is named to honor SOM's founding dean, William H. Donaldson, who also founded an investment bank, served as an undersecretary of state, and led a major insurance corporation, the New York Stock Exchange, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Fellows are chosen every two years by a committee chaired by the dean and comprised of SOM faculty and alumni from nominations by members and friends of the SOM community, as well as self-nominations.  

In selecting the Donaldson Fellows, the committee seeks a wide range of experience, and a variety of industries, sectors, and time since graduation. The objective is to select those who live the Yale School of Management mission, meaning they are:

  • Purposeful leaders who pursue their work with integrity;
  • Leaders with an understanding across sectors—public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial; and
  • Leaders who understand complexity within and among societies in an increasingly global world.


Donaldson Fellows

Current Fellows, Class of 2014-2015

Beth Axelrod '89, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, eBay Inc. 
Jaime Gonzalez Aguade '96, President, Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission
Kathie Julian '84, Country Director for Georgia, Asian Development Bank
Chuck Slaughter '90, Founder and CEO, Living Goods


From left: Dean Ted Snyder, Founding Dean William Donaldson, Beth Axelrod '89, 
Jaime Gonzalez Aguade '96, Kathie Julian '84, Chuck Slaughter '90, Jane Donaldson


Past Fellows

(affiliations were at time of Fellowship)


Class of 2008-2009

Adam Blumenthal '89, Managing General Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Management
Laszlo Bock '99, Vice President, People Operations, Google, Inc.
Andrea Levere '83, President, Corporation for Enterprise Development
James Levitt '80, Director, Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Elizabeth Thompson Serlemitsos '93, Chief Advisor, National AIDS Council, Zambia

Class of 2010-2011

Bradley Abelow '89, Chief Operating Officer, MF Global, Inc.
Jennifer Niles '98, Founding Principal, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Ken Ofori-Atta '88, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Databank Financial Services, Ltd. (Ghana)
Hilary C. Pennington '83, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, Special Initiatives, U.S. Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Class of 2012-2013

Christine Bader '00, Visiting Scholar & Lecturer, Institute for Human Rights, Columbia University
Don Gips '89, Former United States Ambassador to South Africa
Nadim Matta '89, Senior Partner, Schaffer Consulting; President, Rapid Results Institute
Liang (Leon) Meng '97, Co-Founder Ascendent (Hong Kong)

From left: Donald Gips '89, Christine Bader '00, Dean Ted Snyder, 
Founding Dean William Donaldson, Jane Donaldson, Nadim Matta '89, Liang Meng '97